Formula E has confirmed that plans for its first ever night race will go ahead as planned in February, after some doubts were cast over the whether they might be postponed due to the pandemic.
The all-electric series’ seventh season will start on February 26 with a double-header in Diriyah. For the first time the event will be run as a night race.
Originally the calendar had a double-header in Santiago as the season-opener, but this has since been postponed due to the spread of a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19.
Despite this, Formula E and the Saudi government are pushing ahead with plans to start the season in Diriyah, with the event opening the season for the third time in a row.
The event will use the latest low-power LED technology which will reduce energy consumption by up to 50 per cent compared to non-LED tech. The remaining power for floodlighting will be fully renewable, provided by low-carbon certified hydrogenated vegetable oil made from sustainable materials.
The Diriyah E-Prix will run at 17:00 GMT (20:00 local time) on February 26 and 27.
Formula E has yet to confirm where it will visit after, but is expected to announce a rescheduled calendar in due course.